Jonathan Trott’s calculating century ensured England stayed in the series with a 21-run victory that upset Australia’s national holiday in Adelaide. The tourists began the game needing to win and the scenario won’t change when they head to Brisbane for Sunday’s fifth ODI, but they have been boosted by an end to four consecutive limited-overs losses.
Trott’s perfectly timed 102 off 126 balls stood tall on a day that was meant to be a celebration of all things Australia, but the home supporters left unhappy as the series score-line in the seven-game contest settled at 3-1. Trott, bowling his steady medium pace, even managed the valuable breakthroughs of Cameron White (44) and David Hussey (28) to end the pair’s rescue act.
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Recalled Shaun Marsh struck a superb century as Australia won the second one-day international against England by 46 runs to go 2-0 up in the series.
The hosts recovered from 33-4 and then 142-8 as Marsh, who was last man out for 110, helped them reach 230 all out.
He shared an Australian ninth-wicket record of 92 with Doug Bollinger (32), who then dismissed Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen in successive balls.
Jonathan Trott (32) and Ian Bell (32) got starts, but England made only 184.
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An unbeaten century from opener Ian Bell led England to a seven-wicket win in a rain-affected tour match against the Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra.
Bell continued his superb Ashes form with 124 off 102 balls as England eased to a revised total of 223, after the home side had posted 254-9.
Jonathan Trott, batting at number three, added a useful 48.
Earlier, Michael Yardy and Ajmal Shazhad were the pick of the England bowlers, taking three wickets each.
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You might have thought there could have been nothing more inappropriate and dispiriting at the highest level of sport than the huddle of whiplashed Aussies turning their back on Alastair Cook‘s exit after his latest epic, record-smashing knock.
Unfortunately, there was, at least for those of us who believe that if technology in cricket is never going to impart infallible justice it is an immeasurable improvement on what we had before.
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England is on course to achieve one of its greatest triumphs in Australia by inflicting an unprecedented humiliation.
Never before in almost 134 years of Test cricket has Australia lost three Tests in a series by an innings.
Only a prolonged repeat of yesterday evening’s monsoonal downpour can prevent England from achieving another emphatic victory in the fifth and final Test at the SCG to take the series 3-1.
Australia will resume today on 7-213, still needing 151 simply to make England bat again.
It will be England’s first series success in this country for 24 years.
Shane Watson, who was run-out in a dreadful mix-up with Phil Hughes for 38, conceded the depth of Australia’s despair.
“There’s no doubt with the performances we have shown over the last little while that we have to turn it around and it does come down to the players alone to turn it around,” Watson said.
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